Groups Forming to Protect Clinton from GOP Assaults

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Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 12:11 PM

By Melissa Clyne

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In a preemptive strike against Republicans looking to destroy Hillary Clinton’s chances of becoming president in 2016, a Democratic super PAC has launched a rebuttal team even before Clinton sets up any formal campaign operations.

Correct the Record bills itself as “a dedicated research and rapid response communications project to prevent Republicans from denigrating potential Democratic candidates with baseless attacks, while potential Republican candidates reinvent themselves and their records without scrutiny.”

The effort is part of a larger scale push by the left to prepare for a Hillary candidacy, The Wall Street Journal reports.

T-shirts emblazoned with slogans like “Keep Calm and Hillary 2016” as well as bumper stickers, coffee mugs, and buttons are plastered for sale all over the internet.

The super PAC Ready for Hillary has already raised more than $1 million and is busy gathering lists of supporters and assembling efforts at the grass-roots level, according to the Journal. The readyforhillary.com website is soliciting donations, beginning with the amount of $20.16.

The Washington Post has reported that other Democrats joining Correct the Record’s rolls are Adrienne Elrod, a former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide who is California Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s chief of staff, as well as Sam Ritzman, aide to former Florida Sen. Bill Nelson.

Already published under the “Research” tab on correcttherecord2016.org is a memo entitled “The Hillary Effect” penned by Isaac Wright, a Democratic consultant and Correct the Record’s director.

In it, he writes that Clinton’s support “made a marked difference” in getting the southern swing state of Virginia to elect Democrat Terry McAuliffe as governor.

Despite all the hoopla surrounding a Clinton candidacy, she and other Democrats are cognizant of stepping on toes too early, especially since Vice President Joe Biden hasn’t made clear his intentions for 2016. The issue is especially sensitive since party operatives are counting on Biden to raise money for the 2014 midterm elections.

Clinton is expected to hit the campaign trail herself in 2014, a move that keeps her in the spotlight while helping to elect Democratic allies that could be helpful in a 2016 White House run.

USA Today reports that a new Des Moines Register poll in Iowa shows Clinton receiving overwhelming support from Democrats — 89 percent have a positive opinion of her — with Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan leading the potential GOP field among Iowa Republicans with a 73 percent positive rating.

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